The call for 2017-2018 nominations is now closed: announcements will be made in April.

Each MIT faculty member is invited to nominate one outstanding student to become a member of the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability for 2017-2018. Nominees for the Martin Fellowship should be working in an area of environment and sustainability as indicated by his/her clearly articulated statement of interest, subjects taken, and proposed research area.  Nominees should be advanced doctoral students, have completed their doctoral qualifying exam before submitting the fellowship application (i.e., before February 27, 2017), and be in residence at MIT during the Fellowship award period. Selected fellows are awarded two semesters of funding which must be expended within 2 years of receiving the Fellowship award.


Complete nomination packets are due by email to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education no later than 5:00 pm EST on Monday, February 27, 2017.


Nomination packets should be submitted to Scott Tirrell, Manager of Graduate Fellowships, ODGE at in two parts. Part 1 may be submitted by the student candidate OR by the nominating faculty (or his/her assistant).  Part 2 must be submitted by the nominating faculty or his/her assistant.

Part 1:  STUDENT CANDIDATE:  Student OR nominating faculty should submit the following, in a single pdf, in the order given below:

  1. A completed Martin Fellow Nomination cover sheet.
  2. The student’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A current, unofficial copy of the student’s transcript (this can be obtained free of charge with photo ID from Student Financial Services, room 11-120).  Note that the Martin Society seeks students with outstanding academic credentials; candidates should be able to demonstrate a GPA of 4.5 or higher.
  4. A statement of interest from the student.  The statement should directly address the three questions below.  IMPORTANT NOTE: the statement must be written with a multidisciplinary audience clearly in mind.  Reviewers will be from multiple disciplines, and non-specialists should be able to clearly understand your work and its implications for the environment and sustainability.
  • What is your research question? How do you plan to answer it (methods, workplan)? (2 pages maximum)
  • How will your project contribute to sustainability? (1 paragraph)
  • Why should we support you as a sustainability fellow: what is the history of your commitment to sustainability?  and/or, what are your plans for future sustainability work? (1 paragraph)

Part 2:  FACULTY ADVISOR: Nominating faculty (or his/her assistant) should submit the following as a pdf:

A signed letter of nomination on MIT letterhead that provides an appraisal of the student’s qualifications and capabilities and indicates why he/she believes the student should be awarded a Martin Fellowship for Sustainability. Faculty or faculty’s assistant must submit this letter directly to Scott Tirrell, Manager of Graduate Fellowships, ODGE at stirrell [at]

Selection Process

Martin Fellows are selected by a faculty committee representing all five MIT Schools. Approximately ten Fellows will be funded for 2017-2018.  Award decisions are expected in April 2017.

Questions? Please contact Hannah Loomis: hloomis [at]